Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting
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Thank you for helping us welcome Santa Claus to Temple, Texas - we hope everyone had a wonderful time at the 77th Annual City of Temple Christmas Parade!
Congratulations to our 2023 parade float winners!
1st Place: Taylor’s Valley Baptist Church
2nd Place: Central Texas Beauty College
3rd Place: Enhabit Home Health & Hospice
4th Place: First Methodist Church of Temple
5th Place: Ralph Wilson Youth Center
6th Place: SPJST
7th Place: House of House Outreach - Closet of Hope
8th Place: Temple College
9th Place: Allie’s Nitty Gritty
10th Place: MRB Group
Happy holidays from the City of Temple!
Unveiling the Magic: The City of Temple's Annual Christmas Parade!
Step into the enchanting world of the City of Temple's Annual Christmas Parade—a cherished family-friendly holiday extravaganza that has been spreading joy to locals and visitors alike since 1946. This time-honored tradition has woven its way into the hearts of the community, becoming a beacon of holiday cheer.
Decades of Delight: With a rich history dating back to 1946, the Annual Christmas Parade has been a steadfast source of delight for generations. It symbolizes the city's commitment to creating enduring festive memories.
First Monday in December Tradition: Mark your calendars for a timeless tradition! Held annually on the first Monday in December, the parade sets the stage for the holiday season, bringing the community together in celebration.
Dazzling Displays: Picture this—a mesmerizing procession featuring over 100 uniquely lit displays. The parade transforms the streets into a radiant spectacle, captivating the audience with its vibrant and imaginative showcases.
A Tapestry of Participants: From local business owners and community organizations to spirited student groups and individuals, the parade's entrants represent a diverse tapestry of Temple's vibrant community. Each participant contributes to the festive tapestry, making it a true reflection of the city's spirit.
As we embark on this annual celebration, join us in creating magical moments and continuing the legacy of joy that the City of Temple's Annual Christmas Parade has proudly shared for decades.
Date and Time for Parade Magic!
Curious about when and where the enchantment unfolds? Here are the details you need:Date of Parade: The parade is set to dazzle on Monday, December 2nd. Circle this date on your calendar for a festive kickoff to the holiday season!
Tree Lighting: Join us for a special moment! At 6:15 pm, Mayor Tim Davis will illuminate the holiday spirit with a magical tree lighting ceremony. It's the perfect prelude to the main event.
Parade Commencement: The grand spectacle begins at 6:30 pm, launching a procession of over 100 entrants through the vibrant route. Be ready for a mesmerizing journey that lasts approximately 90 minutes.
As the city comes alive with lights, music, and joy, make sure to be part of this memorable evening. The City of Temple's Annual Christmas Parade is a celebration you won't want to miss!
Tops Spots to Experience Parade Magic!
For an optimal parade experience, the viewing is street-side, allowing visitors to enjoy the festivities from anywhere along the parade route. Here are some essential details:Seating Arrangements: Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Choose your spot and get ready for a front-row seat to the holiday magic.
Early Arrival Advantage: To secure the best view, plan to arrive early. Early birds often snag prime locations, ensuring an unobstructed view of the parade.
Comfort Essentials: Bring along the necessities for comfortable seating throughout the event. Consider blankets, cushions, or portable chairs to enhance your viewing pleasure.
Free Parking Options: Take advantage of free parking available at the City Hall parking lot and various Downtown Temple locations, including the Santa Fe Plaza, the new Extraco Parking Plaza, and street parking not on the parade route.Get ready to immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere!
Where Should Visitors Park?
Planning your visit to the Annual Christmas Parade? Here's the lowdown on hassle-free parking:
Street-Side Parking: Visitors can conveniently park in street-side parking areas.
City Hall Parking Lot: Explore the ease of parking in the City Hall parking lot, offering proximity to the parade route.
Downtown Temple Areas: Discover additional parking options in various downtown areas, including the picturesque Santa Fe Plaza.
Santa Fe Plaza Highlights: Immerse yourself in the festive ambiance of the Santa Fe Plaza, complete with a beautifully lit tree at its heart. It's not just a parking spot; it's a great photo opportunity!
Free Parking Locations: Maximize convenience with free parking available at the City Hall lot, Santa Fe Plaza, the new Extraco Parking Plaza, and street parking not on the parade route.
What Should You Bring With You?
Prepare for a cozy and enjoyable parade experience with these helpful tips:
Bring Lawn Chairs: Ensure a comfortable viewing spot by bringing lawn chairs for you and your family.
Bundle Up with Blankets: With cold weather in the forecast, don't forget to bring blankets to stay warm and cozy throughout the event.
Explore Local Shops: While waiting for the parade to start, take advantage of the vibrant downtown district filled with local shops. It's the perfect opportunity to explore and shop around.
Schedule of Activities
4:00 pm – 6th and 8th Streets closed for parade entries
5:30 pm – Come early to get a great seat in the bleachers in front of City Hall, visit the local shops for some early Christmas shopping, or enjoy a leisurely meal in any of our Downtown restaurants.
5:45 pm– No traffic allowed down Adams Avenue
6:15 pm- Mayor Tim Davis will light the Municipal Building's holiday decorations and the City's Christmas tree located in the municipal parking lot of City Hall (2 N. Main Street).
6:30 pm – Parade begins featuring over 100 illuminated entries. Entries featuring community groups and supporters from around Temple.
Local personalities from around Central Texas on our announcer stands!
The parade takes approximately 90 minutes to traverse the entire route.
7:20 pm– Santa begins his trip down the parade route on a specially designed float.
What is the Parade Route?
As we gear up for the much-anticipated 77th Annual Christmas Parade, "An Old-Fashioned Christmas," we want to ensure everyone is well-informed about the schedule and guidelines for the event.
Please take note of the following details:
Starting Point: The parade kicks off at the intersection of E. Adams Avenue and N. 8th Street.
Route: The procession moves westward along Adams Avenue, passing in front of City Hall, creating a magical scene for all spectators.
Endpoint: Continuing on Adams Avenue, the parade route extends all the way to N. 23rd Street. At this point, the parade takes a northward turn, concluding its joyful journey at Temple High School.
Total Distance: The parade covers a delightful 1.4-mile route, weaving through the heart of Temple.
2024 map will be posted in November 2024!
The City of Temple takes public safety seriously. Temple Police Department and Temple Fire and Rescue will be on-site, and safety measures will be in place during the event.
Here are a few other safety tips for parade attendees:
- If you have children with you, take a group selfie before heading out. Then, if anyone gets separated, you will have an up-to-date photo of the missing person and what they are wearing.
- Have a meeting place, and make sure everyone knows where to meet in case anyone gets lost. Do not rely on mobile devices since service is not always guaranteed in large crowds. Additionally, phones die.
- Instruct your children to go to a police officer if they become lost.
- Travel in groups to and from parking spots, and be aware of your surroundings.
- Leave nothing of value in plain sight in your car.
- Carry valuables (I.D., keys, cash, etc.) in your front pocket.
- Stay away from and off of the street.
- Place chairs and other items away from the corner of any sidewalks.
- See something, say something. Like any public event, pay attention to your surroundings and report any suspicious activity to the police.
- Dress for the weather. Bring the right kind of clothes to protect you and your family from the elements.
Participants Information (parade entries only)
2024 information coming in November 2024!
If you'd like to join us next year, participant applications will go live in early September 2024.
Mark your calendars - 2024 City of Temple Christmas Parade: Monday, December 2
Who Organizes the Parade?
Curious about the orchestrators behind the Annual Christmas Parade? Look no further than the dedicated teams across various departments within the City of Temple, including the invaluable contributions of our dedicated volunteers! Year after year, these creative minds and selfless volunteers collaborate to bring to life this enchanting holiday event, weaving together captivating themes, fostering community involvement, and ensuring a warm, family-friendly experience for everyone.
Join us in embracing the holiday spirit as we create moments filled with joy, laughter, and community connection. The City of Temple takes pride in presenting this extraordinary event, and we can't wait to celebrate the magic of the season with you!